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Three To See 19-25 Sep: Clapham Fringe, Funny Stuff and More… 

By | Published on Friday 15 September 2023


Without | Bread & Roses Theatre | 23 Sep
You thought we were all done with Fringe things didn’t you? Well, we’re not. The Edinburgh, Camden and other Fringes may be behind us, but the small yet perfectly formed Clapham Fringe returns for another year offering a variety of different genres and themes. First pick is ‘Without’, a one man show that starts its narrative in the Windrush period and charts a journey from boyhood to manhood. More here.

Runaway | Bread & Roses Theatre | 25-28 Sep
Fringe-goers might already be aware of this one because, like a fair few shows on this month, it’s very recently done Edinburgh and Camden runs. It’s the debut play from Beyond Borders, and it’s a coming of age story about “home, belonging and finding identity as an immigrant in a big city, about racing towards the future and running away from the past”. Find out more about it here.

The Extraordinary Time Travel Adventures Of Baron Munchausen | Bread & Roses Theatre | 23-24 Sep (pictured)
Obviously I am me and so the words ‘Time Travel’ are immediately attractive, but this one ticks more than one box, because it’s also an improvised storytelling show, which we love, plus it’s also family friendly. Expect “pirates and princesses, unicorns and dragons, spacemen and swordfights”, and a whole lot more, I imagine. See this page here for more information and to book tickets.


Table Manners | Drayton Arms Theatre | 19-23 Sep
Right, a funny section for you funny-stuff lovers, and first up is a new comedy play by Sebastian Kainth: “Unhappily married and on the brink of divorce, Kevin and Lisa invite their old friend Rich and his sparky new girlfriend Fran over to sample a ‘gourmet award winning’ menu. On the face of it, this is all set up to be a perfectly pleasant evening…” More here.

Gander | Golden Goose Theatre | 24 Sep
This is a brand new comedy night, so you could argue that it’s untested, I suppose, but it’s hosted by Thom Tuck, who is a legend, so it will be great. Oh, and the line up is rather good too, so you don’t have to worry that you’re taking any kind of risk here: expect Sam Campbell, Yuriko Kotani, Lulu Popplewell, Ted Hill and Alex Watson. See the venue website here for details.

The Breakup Monologues – Live Podcast | The Bill Murray | 23 Sep (pictured)
Yay, and speaking of great line-ups, a fab array of comedy types are headed to the Bill Murray for the latest live recording of the wonderful Rosie Wilby’s acclaimed ‘Breakup Monologues’ podcast. If you’ve not listened to it, please do, and if you’re in London, and can get along to this, you’ve got fab panellists Ria Lina, James Barr and Njambi McGrath. Info here.


The Mikado | Arcola Theatre | 19-23 Sep
OK, here we are – as ever, or least more often than not – finishing off with a bit of a mixed bag genre wise. And we begin with a tip that’s generating mixed emotions from me. For it’s good to be recommending this production of classic Gilbert and Sullivan piece ‘The Mikado’ by the excellent Charles Court Opera, but it is, sadly, the final tip for this year from Arcola’s Grimeborn Opera Festival. Wah. Head this way.

Punk Alley | Half Moon Theatre | 23 Sep (pictured)
“Enter the world of the Lazurr Tuts, a guitar-wielding punk band made up of misfits and outcasts. They’re in the business of making music and speaking out, and you have been invited into an exclusive acoustic rehearsal”. Yay, a family show for you, suitable for ages five plus, but I feel certain that their adults will love it too. Read more and get your tickets booked right about here.

Casting The Runes | Pleasance Theatre | 19-21 Oct
“You are invited to the edge of your seat, on a journey to the darkest corners of the night. Expert on the so-called supernatural, Edward Dunning, is a scholar and a sceptic. But when he crosses paths with the mysterious Mr Karswell, Dunning’s life becomes a waking nightmare”. The acclaimed Box Tale Soup present this also acclaimed adaptation of MR James’ classic ghost stories. Click here.

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